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PROVINCIAL BOiRD 




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Vol. 2. 






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Foreword. By Mable a 




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Depression and CoEm]j|||fc&^ Harvey, R.N. . . 

"MDiuiizatioii. By Wwry Fv ■j&rier^pn.^ R..W,-. . 



The Importance o 
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xar is it Safe for a If^alth ^3r.nization,;;te Undertake 
Relief Work?" By I'yvte' : xonng, R*N.\ ; > . , . feL . . * 9 






Cardwell, R.N. .,...3.. 






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A Publicity Campaign. By GerKllapp^^S j jl., and Marion 



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Community Organization in the le^l|:dnient i,of' a Health 

Unj x o By Kathleen G-ordon//^^|PK i t[^ .................... 1< 







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FOREWORD 

To the graduates from the University of British Columbia and from other 
Universities who are assisting in the Public Health programme -which is being carried 
out here and there in the larger centres of population throughout this Province, the 
message which I send is one of congratulations upon your accomplishment and the sin- 
cere wish that you may have an ever increasing fund of courage and of pertinacity to 
continue your good work. 

Uppermost in my mind as I try to visualize each nurse at work in her dis- 
trict is the thought of the extreme youth of the majority of the group. Suddenly 
throughout the world there was created a demand for which we were not prepared; as a 
profession, nursing had failed to sense the meaning of this new era of preventive medi- 
cine upon which we had entered, and there were few who were in any way ready to play 
the new role of health teacher. Even as in the Great War, however, the youth of our 
profession mobilized to fill the gap, hastily prepared, and with little real leader- 
ship from older heads, they have carried on nobly. With a realization of the urgency 
of the call they submerged youth's natural desires for freedom from responsibility and 
have successfully carried through the initial stages of the war against disease. 

My greatest wish and earnest prayer is that you will ever keep foremost in 
your mind the realization that the community's interests and needs are of paramount 
importance, and that, conserving your health and your resources, and building upon 
your experience of the past few years, you will maintain the high standard which you 
have yourselves set; there will then be no failure of the people to recognize the 
fundamental nature of your work and to provide for an extension of this health service 
to every community. 

Mabel F. Gray, R.N. 
Assistant Professor of Nursing, 
The University of British Columbia, 
Vancouver, B.C. 



DEPRESSION AND COMMUNITY HEALTH. 

t 

In last year's "Bulletin", I wrote on this subject, and now after another 
year of stress in the economic world, we find ourselves wondering in what way and how 
much community health will be affected. 

The Public Health Nurse, who has the interests of the people's health at 
heart, is confronted with many new problems. She has had to broaden considerably her 
field of work by doing those things which, in ordinary circumstances, would not be in- 
cluded. This is undoubtedly a time when she can prove her value as a helper and ad- 
viser, and consequently show that there is a great need for a continuance of her work. 
Thus, even with the trend to reduce every unnecessary expenditure, the Public Health 
service will stand out as being indispensable. 

In Saanich, we are very fortunate in having a health Committee which has 
not confined itself solely to the financial situation. To have the Committee realize 
that the health of the people comes first is a decided help, and there has been no 
question of reducing our staff of a full-time Medical Health Officer, a school dentist 



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and four nurses. Consequently, our records show no increase in infectious diseases 
and the school attendance up to its usual high mark. Even among the schools in the 
poorer districts, the number of underweight children has not increased. In fact, as 
long as there is a Public Health service in Saanich — and the same applies to other 
places — the health of the people should not be affected to any great extent by this 
world-wide crisis. Up to the present, this has been proving itself true, and only the 
worry and strain which accompany financial stress, and which have such undermining 
effects on the health of the people, have been telling their tale. 

Many new problems, which I am sure every Public Health Nurse has been trying 
to solve, have arisen. A large number of defects and deviations from health, which 
would be attended to in prosperity, are now neglected. Many of the unemployed men 
and women are suffering from badly decayed teeth and uncorrected defects of vision. 
Thus the foundation of ill-health, invalidism and a subsequent dependence on society 
is being laid. Wherever the School Medical and Dental services are maintained, how- 
ever, the men and women of tomorrow will not be subject to the disabling conditions 
from which their parents suffer today. 

It is fortunate that, with the depression, welfare societies, social bureaus 
and relief organizations have developed more extensively. Even in prosperity, a large 
number of families are on the border-line, and it is often difficult to obtain much 
needed aid for them, as people are then less inclined to be charitable. But now the 
Nurse, with the help of public funds, is able to attend to many needs which otherwise 
would be neglected. The relief system in Saanich allows an extra day of work once a 
month to enable families with children or expectant mothers to buy fresh milk. This 
is not given unless a slip is signed and renewed each month by one of the Nurses. A 
good deal of time is taken to do this, but the Nurse has the advantage of making many 
contacts in her investigations. Consequently, the number of prenatals and the number 
of visits to them has been steadily increasing for the past three years. At present, 
we have the largest number of prenatals which has ever been on our records. 

Again, the people can be instructed in the essentials and non-essentials of 
diet and taught that simple, cheaper foods are even better than the more elaborate 
and expensive ones. The Public Health Nurse in her home visits has excellent oppor- 
tunities to teach and establish these and other ideas, the value of which many fami- 
lies have not had to realize before. The necessity of having to accept these ideas 
makes the work easier for the Nurse. She can also be most useful in showing how the 
family budget should be arranged and how economy can be practised without any harmful 
but rather beneficial effects to health. In fact, when the family income is low, 
getting back to a simpler way of living is imperative and the people are in conse- 
quence benefitted by this knowledge. 

Due to financial stress, families do not call a physician unless, in their 
opinion, there is an absolute need for him. The chance of a more speedy recovery is 
thus lessened, and future trouble is apt to be stored up. In many cases where the 
doctor is called, it is most unfair to him as his bill cannot be paid. Besides, the 
patient will hesitate before calling him again when there is that barrier of an un- 
paid bill. As the health of the people is a aational concern, and there is no greater 
asset than a healthy population, it would be well if the government could provide 
means whereby adequate and efficient medical aid would be available to the people at 
large. Lack of this provision, especially at this time, contributes largely to the 
neglect of the health question. Eor example, grocers and other merchants are paid 
promptly in most cases, while doctors and dentists, who are subject to the same ex- 
penses, are often the last to be remembered. 



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Thus the present national crisis brings into bold relief as never before, 
the urgent need for some adequate plan of national health insurance to solve once and 
for all the burdens which are now borne by hospitals, municipal governments and the 
individuals -.7ho arc the least able to pay for medical services. 

The crisis has made apparent also that it is high time to deal with that 
class which is providing an ever increasing problem, namely, the mentally defective. 
It is indeed gratifying to see that this Province has taken the initial step and we 
hope that, in the future, more attention will be paid to this field. 

One of the most serious conditions which the present crisis is bringing 
forth is a nervous instability and breaking dorm of the moral fibre of the people. 
This worry and uncertainty is gradually undermining their health, and unless there 
is an improvement in the economic world, serious consequences may result. Any change 
for the better would be quickly reflected in the general health of the population. 

MYRTLE E. HARVEY, R.N., 
Saanich Health Centre. 



BflMDNIZATION. V 



'To immunize or not to immunize, that is the question; whether it were better 
to prevent the dread diseases or to await until the dire plagues are among us and we 
have to fight them with insufficient weapons, and have many fallen ' ,TI 



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The prevention of preventable diseases takes two forms. First, the detec- 
tion of patients with the malady, and their isolation; the following up and super- 
vision of all contacts, which may be very imperfect through the lack of understanding 
and cooperation of the patients and their families. The other method is the giving 
of the preventive solutions which Medical science has made available for public use. 

The application of either of these practices depends a very great deal upon 
the attitude toward them of the public concerned, and especially of those in authority, 
who can grant or withhold the financial aid necessary. 

Immunization in this district was greatly aided by the incidence of severe 
Smallpox in Vancouver 1932. Upon my suggestion to the School Board that it would be 
an opportune time to have Vaccination clinics, they appointed a Health Officer for the 
town itself, with the result that 89$ of the non-vaccinated were treated at clinics 
held in the schools for the pupils. Practically all who received the treatment had 
a "take" with no bad results. I then asked if the smaller schools in the district 
could have the same privilege. It v/as granted and received the same response and re- 
sults. 

In May 1932, two months after the above clinics, there were three cases of 
Diphtheria and two carriers discovered in the town. The first of June 'Toxoid* 
clinics were organized by the Health Officer and myself. The parents were sent "Pre- 
vention of Diphtheria" pamphlets, which were supplied by the Health Department in 
Victoria, with mimeographed notices of the clinics, stating that there was no charge, 
(as the Health Department supplied the Toxoid and the Doctor presided as Health 
Officer) , also naming the time and place and explaining the number of doses necessary. 



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They rere asked to siga and return, the slip to the school if they wished the childre 
to receive the treatments. No child r:as treated without the parent's or guardian's 
signature. 63$ availed themselves of the opportunity, none having any but a normal 
reaction, which being yqtj slight, caused no discomfort. The clinics were held in a 
classroom at 2 to 4 pm. There was splendid cooperation of the teaching staff. 

At the beginning of the fall term we held further Toxoid clinics for pre- 
school children, receiving-class and any others who had not been 'done' previously, 
that then wished to be. There was a good response, 110 attending for the treatments 
with like results. These clinics were also held in a class-room, the parents bring- 
ing their little children. The homes were circularized as before through the pupils 
and the local newspaper* 

In addition to the cases of Diphtheria occurring in May there had been cas 
previously, but there have been no cases since the giving of the 'Toxoid'. 

The first of next month we are having a clinic at a three-room school, or- 
ganized by the Parent-Teachers Association, the Health Officer, and me, 45$ of the 
children are to be treated, the handicap there being partly that the parents are ask< 
to pay 75^ per child. The Health Officer in that district has a large area and small 
pay. But of course 46 more children protected for life from the ravages of Diph- 
theria, as well as the check they will be to the spread of the disease, is a step fo: 
ward touard the goal that all should reach eventually. 

There seems to bo a "growing demand for and an interest in Immunization in 
different quarters, which I feel sure would be stronger and more persistent granted 
the where-with-all to carry it out. Of course there are always some prejudiced per- 
sons such as have flourished since the discovery of serums. One finds them in the mo 
surprising places, but "seein' is believin 1 ", as a mother said whose one child, Samut 
an Aunt had signed for the first clinic, "Sammy seems to be alright, you may do 
Gertie". 

MARY E. GRIERSON, R.N. , 

Port Haney, and Mission Ci J 



THE IMPORTANCE OF "FOLLOW-UP" 

IN ALL CASES 0E VACCINATION AGAINST SMALLPOX. 

In two previous papers on Smallpox vaccination, as conducted at the Univer- 
sity Health Service, we tried to outline our experiences and impressions as they 
occurred. In the first paper we attempted to convoy our astonishment as the first 
hundred unvaccinated, now presenting themselves for vaccination - unfolded their rea- 
sons for the omission. In the second paper we attempted to describe the volubility c 
certain youthful anti-vaccinationists. No very drastic or new charges were made and, 
with one exception, nothing very arresting. This student, however, made the state- 
ment that all people submitting themselves to vaccination were insane. 

To compare modern anti's with those of Jcnner's time is to realize lack of 



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originality in the modern specimen of the species, (a) One writer of the ancient 
group added to a treatise, chapters upon "Modes of treating the Beastly new disease 
produced from Cow-pox" and wrote: "Smallpox is a visitation from God, but the cow- 
pox is produced by presumptuous man". Another anti maintained that vaccination had 
been discontinued in one part of the country because those inoculated "bellowed like 
bulls," while another quoted a lady saying that "since her daughter was inoculated she 
coughed like a cow, and has grown hair all over her body." 

In this paper, we are concerned with the failure of the vaccine virus to re- 
act on some two dozen persons out of one hundred and twenty, with no history of pre- 
vious vaccination or Smallpox, although the vaccination was repeated three times over 
in eleven of those concerned. 

,; (b) YJhen potent vaccine virus is applied to the derma, irrespective of the 
method used for penetrating the epidermis, a reaction WILL take place, reaching a 
maximum which may be observed in from 1 to 14 days, depending on the degree of im- 
munity of the subject. ABSENCE OF THIS REACTION INDICATES THAT THE YIRUS IS INCAPABLE 
OF PROTECTING AGAINST SMALLPOX, AND NOT THAT THE SUBJECT IS BMPNE. 

If the subject has never been immunized by smallpox or by previous vaccina- 
tion, the reaction WILL manifest itself as a primary vaccinia - a papule appears at 
the inoculation site on the third or fourth day following vaccination, this becomes 
vesiculated on the next day being surrounded by a narrow red areola. This vesicle 
increases in diameter until the 9th day when the maximum is reached. If the subject 
retains some degree of immunity, either through previous vaccination or an attack of 
Smallpox, the reaction will be accelerated in development, shortened in time, and de- 
creased in severity. The papule will appear earlier, the vesicle will be smaller, the 
area will be less extensive at the maximum of reaction, which may occur any time from 
the fourth to the eighth day. This reaction is called a vaccinoid (accelerated re- 
action, or secondary vaccinia.) FAILURE TO GET A REACTION INDICATES IMPOTENT VACCINE 
VIRUS AND VACCINATION SHOULD BE REPEATED WITH A FRESH LOT." 

Hitherto, failure of vaccine virus to produce one of the reactions outlined, 
has meant faulty technique or impotent vaccine. According to a Brochure issued by 
the Provincial Board of Health the same two reasons are given for this non-reaction. 
Embodied in a report on vaccination by the Ministry of Health, London (c) is the fol- 
lowing: "It is a simple matter to secure 100 per cent, insertion success, given 
potent lymph and proper technique." In our experience there are exceptions to this 
rule, we have found that faultless technique and the most potent of potent vaccine 
virus fails to produce any kind of reaction in certain individuals although repeated 
three times at two week intervals - and think this point worth stressing, as many 
vaccination certificates reach us with a diagnosis of "Insusceptible"; this may mean 
insusceptible to smallpox, or, the vaccine virus; in any case it gives a false sense 
of security to the individual and his friends, and wo have proof in plenty that such 
persons are not in fact immune to smallpox. In a report issued by the United States 
Public Health Service (d), we find that out of 1,314 cases of smallpox in California, 



(a) A Sketch of Jenner and his work - I.H. Elliot, M.B., Canadian Journal of 

Medicine and Surgery, 1920. 

(b) Essentials of Smallpox Vaccination - James P. Leake and John N. Force, U.S.A. 

Public Health Service. 

(c) Report of the Committee on Vaccination, 1928. Page 83. (London) 
(a) Leake, Surgeon F.P., U.S.A. Public Health Reports, 1921. 



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They were asked to sign and return the slip to the school if they wished the children 
to receive the treatments. No child was treated without the parent's or guardian's 
signature. 63$ availed themselves of the opportunity, none having any but a normal 
reaction, which being very slight, caused no discomfort. The clinics were held in a 
classroom at 2 to 4 pm. There was splendid cooperation of the teaching staff. 

At the beginning of the fall term we held further Toxoid clinics for pre- 
school children, receiving-class and any others who had not been 'done' previously, 
that then uished to be. There was a good response, 110 attending for the treatments 
with like results. These clinics were also held in a class-room, the parents bring- 
ing their little children. The homes were circularized as before through the pupils 
and the local newspaper* 

In addition to the cases of Diphtheria occurring in May there had been cases 
previously, but there have boon no cases since the giving of the 'Toxoid'. 

The first of next month wo are having a clinic at a three-room school, or- 
ganized by the Parent-Teachers Association, the Health Officer, and me. 45$ of the 
children are to be treated, the handicap there being partly that the parents are asked 
to pay 75$ per child. The Health Officer in that district has a large area and small 
pay. But of course 46 more children protected for life from the ravages of Diph- 
theria, as well as the check they will be to the spread of the disease, is a step for- 
ward toward the goal that all should roach eventually. 

There seems to bo a growing demand for and an interest in Immunization in 
different quarters, which I feel sure would be stronger and more persistent granted 
the where-with-all to carry it out. Of course there are always some prejudiced per- 
sons such as have flourished since the discovery of serums. One finds them in the most 
surprising places, but "seein' is believin'", as a mother said whose one child, Samuel, 
an Aunt had signed for the first clinic, "Sammy seems to be alright, you may do 
Gertie". 

MkRY E. GRIERSON, R.N. , 

Port Haney, and Mission City. 



THE IMPORTANCE OF "FOLLOW-UP" 

IN ALL CASES OF VACCINATION AGAINST SMALLPOX, 

In two previous papers on Smallpox vaccination, as conducted at the Univer- 
sity Health Service, we tried to outline our experiences and impressions as they 
occurred. In the first paper we attempted to convey our astonishment as the first 
hundred unvaccinated, now presenting themselves for vaccination - unfolded their rea- 
sons for the omission. In the second paper we attempted to describe the volubility of 
certain youthful anti-vaccinationists. No very drastic or new charges were made and, 
with one exception, nothing very arresting. This student, however, made the state- 
ment that all people submitting themselves to vaccination were insane. 

To compare modern anti's with those of Jcnner's time is to realize lack of 



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originality in the modern specimen of the species, (a) One writer of the ancient 
group added to a treatise, chapters upon "Modes of treating the Beastly new disease 
produced from Cow-pox" and wrote: "Smallpox is a visitation from God, hut the cow- 
pox is produced by presumptuous man". Another anti maintained that vaccination had 
been discontinued in one part of the country because those inoculated "bellowed like 
bulls," while another quoted a lady saying that "since her daughter was inoculated she 
coughed like a cow, and has grown hair all over her body." 

In this paper, we are concerned with the failure of the vaccine virus to re- 
act on some two dozen persons out of one hundred and twenty, with no history of pre- 
vious vaccination or Smallpox, although the vaccination was repeated three times over 
in eleven of those concerned, 

,; (b) YJhen potent vaccine virus is applied to the derma, irrespective of the 
method used for penetrating the epidermis, a reaction WILL take place, reaching a 
maximum which may be observed in from 1 to 14 days, depending on the degree of im- 
munity of the subject. ABSENCE OF THIS REACTION INDICATES THAT TEE VIRUS IS INCAPABLE 
OE PROTECTING- AGAINST SMALLPOX, AND NOT THAT THE SUBJECT IS IMMONE. 

If the subject has never been immunized by smallpox or by previous vaccina- 
tion, the reaction WILL manifest itself as a primary vaccinia - a papule appears at 
the inoculation site on the third or fourth day following vaccination, this becomes 
vesiculated on the next day being surrounded by a narrow red areola. This vesicle 
increases in diameter until the 9th day when the maximum is reached. If the subject 
retains some degree of immunity, either through previous vaccination or an attack of 
Smallpox, the reaction will be accelerated in development, shortened in time, and de- 
creased in severity* The papule will appear earlier, the vesicle will be smaller, the 
area will be less extensive at the maximum of reaction, which may occur any time from 
the fourth to the eighth day. This reaction is called a vaccinoid (accelerated re- 
action, or secondary vaccinia.) FAILURE TO GET A REACTION INDICATES IMPOTENT VACCINE 
VIRUS AND VACCINATION SHOULD BE REPEATED WITH A ERESH LOT." 

Hitherto, failure of vaccine virus to produce one of the reactions outlined, 
has meant faulty technique or impotent vaccine. According to a Brochure issued by 
the Provincial Board of Health the same two reasons are given for this non-reaction. 
Embodied in a report on vaccination by the Ministry of Health, London (c) is the fol- 
lowing: "It is a simple matter to secure 100 per cent, insertion success, given 
potent lymph and proper technique." In our experience there are exceptions to this 
rule, wo have found that faultless technique and the most potent of potent vaccine 
virus fails to produce any kind of reaction in certain individuals although repeated 
three times at two week intervals - and think this point worth stressing, as many 
vaccination certificates reach us with a diagnosis of "Insusceptible"; this may mean 
insusceptible to smallpox, or, the vaccine virus; in any case it gives a false sense 
of security to the individual and his friends, and wo have proof in plenty that such 
persons are not in fact immune to smallpox. In a report issued by the United States 
Public Health Service (d), we find that out of 1,314 cases of smallpox in California, 



(a) A Sketch of Tenner and his work - I.H. Elliot, M.B., Canadian Journal of 

Medicine and Surgery, 1920, 

(b) Essentials of Smallpox Vaccination - James P. Leake and John N. Eorce, U.S.A. 

Public Health Service. 

(c) Report of the Committee on Vaccination, 1928. Page 83. (London) 

(d) Leake, Surgeon P.P., U.S.A. Public Health Reports, 1921. 



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1,223 had boon at some time unsuccessfully vaccinated - see Table 1, shoeing the re- 
cord of four States. 

Among the 1,000 cases under survey at the University Health Service, 197 
had never previously been successfully vaccinated. Of this group 101 responded with 
excellent reaction; the remaining 96 shored no reaction whatever. 71 cases consented 
to revaccination with 41 takes and 21 showing no reaction - of 11 cases accepting 
vaccination the third time no reaction occurred - the ages range from 6 to 30 years 
of age, - See Table 2. 

Table 1. 



State 


Smpx Cases 


Unsuccessful 
Vaccination 


California 

Florida 

Kansas 

Massachusetts 

■ 


1,314 

525 

1,798 

7 


1,223 
222 
766 

6 



Table 2. 



Vaccination 



Vaccinated 
within 
twenty 
years 



Vaccinated 
within 
ten years 



Never success- 
fully vaccinated 



197 



Takes 



No reaction 



Of these 
revaccinated 

twice 



71 

Results 



Revaccinated 
three times 



14 
Results 



1,000 



Partial 
Takes 

135 



Immune 
reaction 

668 



101 



96 



Takes 
41 



No re- 
action 

26 



Takes 



3 



No re- 
action 

11 



= 



If the above outline is clear it will be seen that certain individuals do not 
respond to the insertion of potent vaccine virus, irrespective of skilled technique. 
It is known such people are not immune from smallpox. In our survey, necessarily 
limited, we can only report 11 such cases - but know of many others. We are fairly 
certain that a strict "follow-up" of all vaccinated persons would reveal a surprising 
number of non-reactionists, and would like to see the word T WILL r as used in Par. 4 
and 5, substituted for the word 'MAY*. We are impressed by the lack of simplicity in 
securing a reaction, as given in the Report of the Ministry of Health, Par. 6, of this 
paper. 

C. A. LUCAS, R.N. , 

University of British Columbia, 

Vancouver, 



PIONEERING IN THE PEACE. 



I suppose, that as a rule, pioneering, if undertaken in the right spirit, 
will always bring out the best in people. It tends to foster such virtues as courage, 
endurance, ingenuity and perseverance, and a dogged determination to "win out". And 
I think, that the people among whom I work, are no exception to the rule. 

Owing to the world depression, circumstances are much harder for the new 
settler than inmrmal times, but I believe that most of them realize how much better 



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off they are than if living in a city* 

A great many of these new settlers, who are now living under most primitive 
conditions, once ouned flourishing farms on the Prairies, from which they were driven 
by a succession of dry years, and repeated crop failures. Some of them in despera- 
tion, just left everything as it stood, shut the door, collected their remaining 
stock, and set out for a new land. They arrived in covered wagons, having spent many 
months on the journey. The same covered wagons, with perhaps the addition of a tent, 
often had to serve as their only home, while they made a clearing in the forest in 
which to erect their log cabins. Because they had spent their last dollar on the way, 
their main food supply was often wild meat, and wild berries, when in season, and 
when ammunition ran out - they would resort to snares. 

When times are good, or even moderately good, a Homesteader can, with per- 
severance and much hard work- soon begin to "feel his feet", and see with satisfaction, 
the results of his labours. But under the present circumstances, the hardships are 
trebled, even with the help of Government relief, while the immediate future doesn't 
look very rosy. It takes a person of v:ide and courageous outlook to refrain from 
grumblings and pessimism. I am proud to say, that it is often the Homesteader's wife, 
who chiefly possesses this indomitable spirit, and who refuses to give in, or waste 
time on self pity. Indeed, the Homesteader's wife usually has little time to waste 
on anything. Her resourcefulness and ingenuity fills me with admiration. Not only do 
they manage somehow, to keep their families fed and clothed on the meagre supplies 
available, but make a brave attempt to make the little home attractive. Nevertheless, 
housing conditions up here leave very much to be desired, and a terrible overcrowding 
is the general rule. 



Added to the financial depression, yhich of course if felt everywhere - the 
long hard winter, with its exceptional heavy snowfall, has made the hardships of these 
settlers much greater. Thanks to the Canadian Red Cross, the Imperial Order of the 
Daughters of the Empire, and other organizations, I have had large quantities of warm 
clothing sent in for distribution, which has been greatly appreciated. Owing to the 
great distances, the often impassable trails, and the difficulties of the people 
getting out because of inadequate clothing - the distribution has not been easjr. 

The great problem up here now, and one which has persisted for some time - 
is the serious shortage of feed. Large numbers of horses have already starved to 
death, and unless the snow goes soon, many more will be lost. Inability to feed 
the milk cow, has resulted in a sadly diminished milk supply, with the consequent ill 
effect on the children. 

Nevortheless, in spite of the hard times, the settlers in this northern 
part of the Peace Block now have many advantages, unavailable to the settler who came 
in a few years ago. Then, all sick people needing hospital care had to undergo a long 
and difficult journey by road and river. Now, a resident doctor, and a yell equipped 
hospital are available to meet the needs of the sick north of the Peace, and serve a 
very large area. 

Another great convenience to the settler is a grist mill, where he may take 
his grain, and have it converted into flour, bran, shorts, etc., and this without the 
payment of cash, payment being made by leaving a proportion of the grain.- .This does 
away with that long haul to railhead, which yas so expensive and difficult. 

% work among the settlers, as Public Health Nurse, is very varied and in- 



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teresting, and the unexpected is always happening. My chief mode of transportation 
is horseback, and "Major" , an ex-police horse, is my staunch friend and ally. My 
"headquarters" is a small Red Cross Outpost, where when necessary I can take a couple 
of patients. Since the advent of the Hospital, this has become less necessary, and 
the advisability of moving the Outpost further north, or to a more isolated part is 
being considered. 

Me CLAXTON, R.N.., 

Grand Haven, 



"HOW FAR IS IT SAFE FOR A HEALTH ORGANIZATION TO UNDERTAKE 

RELIEF WORK?" 

It is necessary to consider relief work in terms of "safety" in connection 
with a Health Organization, becau.se public health is still a growing science. In its 
course of development from the filth and lack of care of the middle ages to the pre- 
sent century, progress has been slow, spurred on at intervals by the vision and work 
of such men as Jenner and Pasteur who were able to grasp a problem and its signifi- 
cance and apply their solution. The latter part of the 19th and the beginning of the 
EOth century have 'seen the growth of modern Public Health from the limitations of mere 
attention to sanitation to a wider field embracing the individual as well as his en- 
vironment in order to foster good health and to prevent disease. 

It has been proved in the examination of large numbers of people, as during 
conscription for the World War, that most adults are not in perfect health and that 
their imperfections are due either to neglect of the fundamental laws of health on 
their pert, or to the effects of conditions present in childhood that were preventable. 
The constructive programme of public health adopted since the war has been educational 
in order to avoid as far as possible these imperfections in the growing generation by 
teaching them the value of good health and how to keep it. To the Public Health Nurse 
comes the work of carrying the programme into the home, and with this in view her 
training has included, beside the technique of nursing care, instruction in social 
and mental hygiene, child welfare and public health. They provide a store of material 
that will help to meet most situations that mny arise and that may be an important 
point of contact with the family for future work. There must bo an element of confid- 
ence present before the average adult will accept the theory of prevention and honestly 
try to live the laws of health with the idea of keeping well. That confidence is 
almost automatically given to the person who is able to help out in an emergency 
whether the cause be mental, financial, or because of illness. 

In a generalized public health programme where the nurse has at various 
times to do a little of everything, no situation that may have a future significance 
is too slight to be considered particularly if it is likely to influence community 
opinion. However, she must divide her time according to the relative importance of 
the work to be done, especially its relative future importance, placing the emphasis 
on the educational side as it affects children, before birth, during infancy, pre- 
school and school ages. 

The popular conception of a nurse is of someone who is trained to care for 

the sick, to make them comfortable and, if possible, help restore their health . At 

first the nurse has the same idea about herself; there is a fascination about actual 

nursing, the satisfaction of being able to make a patient comfortable - and grateful - 






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that, on the district, leads from one visit to another. Done in this way, bedside 
nursing in comparison with other branches of district work demands more time than re- 
sults warrant. A great deal of the nursing care is routine and can be well carried 
out by a member of the family, once she has been properly instructed by the nurse, 
who can be on call in case of special need, but is free to do other work, Any case 
that is too seriously ill to be left in this way requires continual nursing or hospital 
care. 

At this point one comes to the very present problem of care in sickness of 
people living on relief. A class of people, normally self-supporting, has been ren- 
dered dependent because of lack of work and is in need of the necessities of life — 
food, shelter, and care in sickness. The first two are provided through relief allow- 
ances and community help, but the last is a special problem because it requires the 
services of trained people. Doctors are doing wonderful work, giving time and ser- 
vices, but they cannot carry on alone. Where must they look for nursing help? Presum- 
ably the situation is a temporary one. These people are potential earners who will 
again pay their way when work is available. The established institutions for provid- 
ing nursing care are best able to give more, now, at less additional cost because they 
have the facilities already in use, approximately the same running expenses, and an 
opportunity in the future of getting some return. 

To the health organization the question becomes one of policy. Cooperation 
is everything in carrying on public health work, and any public health nurse gladly 
puts her shoulder to the wheel to give an extra turn when it will help. She can help 
out with home nursing within the limits described above without sacrificing time that 
should be used for other work. One questions whether it is worth eliminating any part 
of a programme that has been fought for so well and with such good results, to solve a 
problem that is not permanent, when from a public health viewpoint to do so is a back- 
ward step. There are so many more members of a community who are able to nurse than 
there arc those who are fitted to teach public health. It is not that the latter arc 
attempting to avoid more work in the popular sense of the word, but simply that they 
want to make better use of their time and exert a wider influence over the coming 
generation, on whom rests the hope of future Public Health, 

1YVIE YOUNG, R.N. , 

Cowichan Health Centre. 



A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN. 



The Public Health Nurse is constantly faced with the desire to do something 
for her department that will draw more attention to the great piece of work that is 
being carried out in the Public Health Field. An ideal way of getting to the fore is 
by means of a publicity campaign. This establishes a new and appealing link in reach- 
ing the public and creates among the people a "felt need" for Public Health Service. 

The slogan "It pays to advertise" is not confined to business alone. Ad- 
mitting that it pays in health work, the question arises, "Whom does it pay?" It cer- 
tainly pays the nurse for it brings her in contact with and gains for her the coopera- 
tion of a very much larger number of people. It pays the public because, primarily, 
it educates the people and secondly it creates new confidences and strengthens old ones. 

What do we mean by the term, "Publicity Health Campaign"? It is the serving 



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of the health ideas to the citizens in a tempting new way, so that one may break up 
any existing inertia and start a movement toward a higher level of healthfulness. 
What adult is not influenced by a spectacular and well arranged project and what child 
can forgo his own curiosity when it comes to seeing or hearing anything new? How well 
each one will remember such health rules 1 

The principles involved in a Health Campaign plan are, first — to create a 
susceptible mood by inspiring each and every individual with health-mindedness. Make 
it a personal effort as well as a community effort and instil in each mind a sense of 
pride for district healthfulness; secondly, to portray the educational material in an 
entertaining manner so that it can readily be absorbed, 

HEALTH WEEK: Such a plan was carried out in Chilliwack. Its success was 
confirmed by the fact that so many organizations co-operated. The means by which 
Health Week was put over were the following: — 

1. Poster displays in windows carrying out specific health ideas. 

2. Radio talks over the local station for adults and children. 

3. Health articles and write-ups in the local paper. 

The store windows were really the show windows for the health display. 
Every store in town co-operated fully by advertising and displaying some of their own 
lines in relation to health. For instance Spencers Ltd. had the best window display 
in town. In the first window they had a huge poster in the background showing that 
it is necessary to use a handkerchief to protect others from colds, while in the fore- 
ground they had children* s table and chairs; lamps, umbrellas, etc. decorated or 
padded with handkerchiefs in a very clever way, to attract the eyes and draw attentior 
to the poster. 

In the next window, they had a huge piece of tanned leather in the back- 
ground with posters illustrating the formation of the foot and the necessity for wear- 
ing correct shoes. Grouped in front of this display were different types and sizes 
of the ideal footwear. 

In an adjoining window they displayed an ideal nursery illustrating the cor- 
rect furnishing and the necessity for regular habits. The latter was portrayed by 
the use of a clock mounted in the background, surrounded by signs, emphasizing regu- 
larity in baby's day. 

Play and recreation were predominant in the following window. Different 
types of children f s playthings and sports equipment were attractively and invitingly 
shown. This demonstrated that play and recreation were valuable in building up a 
healthy allround life. 

In the last window of the department store food held a very important place. 
Proteins, carbohydrates, fats and oils, vitamines and minerals were all there. The 
necessity for having the correct proportion in the daily menu was fully illustrated, 
by linking colorful illustrative posters with the actual food. 

Thus Chilliwack* s department store co-operated fully in putting on a most 
successful window health display. 



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Drugstores, grocery stores, hardware stores, shoe stores, bakery stores, 
vegetable stores, cafes, etc. united in displaying health projects. Each display was 
linked up by the presence of a sign in each window donated by the Kinsmen Club, the 
sign having the slogan "We are co-operating with Chilliwack in her Health Week". 
Here, a drug store window T7ith an attractive display of Cod Liver Oil giving its value 
as a food to the body rather than a medicine. There, a hardware store with, a huge 
cardboard lock and key portraying metaphorically the link between play and health 
"The Key to Health". Across the street, an attractive meal set up in a cafe window. 
A fresh meal appetizingly cocked and served daily, in the background of which were two 
huge posters giving the 24-hour correct menu with food values and balance for an adult 
and a child. 

Another effective medium was the local radio station. We were fortunate in 
securing the air for fifteen minutes daily at the supper hour for educational talks. 
The latter covered a wide range of health material such as: 1. "The High School Child 
and Health", given by the Principal of the High School. 2. "The Hygiene of the Mouth", 
by a local dentist. 3. "Preventive Tuberculosis Work and the Travelling Tuberculosis 
Clinic", by Dr. A.S. Lamb. 4. "Physical Education and Health", by a local physical 
education instructress. 5. "Correction of Physical Defects", by a local medical man. 

However, the children were not forgotten, a children's programme v/as broad- 
casted three times during the week consisting of interesting health stories, a health 
play and health songs rendered by the children from the district. 

The housewife, too, was remembered. A neighborly Martha morning programme 
revealed the secrets of a balanced diet, the solution of Child's school lunch problem 
and appetizing ways of appealing to a jaded milk appetite. 

This radio propaganda reached an immediate population of ten thousand people. 

The local newspaper was instrumental in preparing the way for our health 
work by giving an explanatory account of the prospective health project. It was 
followed by narrative descriptions of the complete health campaign. Thus the people 
were left with a mental picture of Chilliwack's Health Week. 

The most searching test of the success of such a project is the amount of 
interesting comment aroused in the community. Chilliwack is showing more than more 
curiosity in the work we are attempting, as the result of our Health Week. 

GERALDINE HOMFRAY, R.N. , and 
MARION CARDWELL, R.N., 
Chilliwack, 



COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A 

HEALTH UNIT. 

"Good-will" and "cooperation" were terms used with almost boring frequency 
during our courses at University - boring probably because we did not realize at the 
time that the good-will of the people and their friendly cooperation are the keynote 
to the success of health work in any community. In order to achieve a sympathetic 
understanding it is necessary to give honest publicity to the work - not only as the 
program is started but also to every new stage in its development. 



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On arriving in Nelson I asked the secretary of the school board to arrange 
for a special meeting which gave us an opportunity to outline a tentative plan for our 
work. It was not necessary to "sell" to the hoard members the idea of "Public Health". 
They had discussed the subject thoroughly and were prepared to point out little pit- 
falls along the way. Many of their suggestions have proved helpful. 

It was decided that we should confine our activities to school work until we 
could gather together sufficient data to present to the rural districts. We corres- 
ponded with health units in other parts of the province and collected information 
relating to the cost of health work and the benefits accruing from such work. This 
information was compiled in mimeographed book forms to be sent to fifteen rural school 
boards. 

While data wore being collected we used every opportunity to make contact. 
During educational woek we spoko to parents in three schools on the advantages to 
be derived from health work in the schools. We had health literature on vaccine, 
toxoid, diet, sex education, care of the teeth and many othor subjects displayed in 
the medical room. So many parents came to discuss problems that our health literature 
was gone on the first day. 






The editor of the daily paper has cooperated well and has given generous 
publicity to each step in our work. 



Around the first week in December our mimeographed forms were sent to the 
rural school boards accompanied by letters asking each board to appoint a representa- 
tive to attend a meeting in Nelson, December 12th, 1932. Because of inclement weather 
only six of the boards were represented. However, the tone of the meeting was good 
and every one present was keenly interested in the program which was outlined for them 
by members of the council, school board, and the health department. 

The secretary of our board arranged for seven meetings. Board members from 
two or three small towns met at a central point in each district and were addressed 
by the mayor of Nelson; council, school board, and health department members. All 
board members realized the value of health work in their schools but many of them 
thought that it would be difficult to finance a health unit even with the aid of a 
government grant at this time. Each board called a ratepayers' meeting but in several 
districts the "unit" was voted down so the whole plan was dropped for the time being. 

To any one commencing a campaign I would suggest the advisability of having 
the whole rural public circularized through the children. A brief circular could 
present a few salient facts about health work which would enable the ratepayers to 
vote more intelligently on this matter. Very sketchy notes were taken at the board 
meetings and therefore the subject could not be presented to the ratepayers in a very 
convincing manner. However, we do not feel that our effort to organize the rural 
district has been in vain. We think we have sown seed which will some day bloom into 
a health unit embracing a large territory contiguous to Nelson. 

In the meantime we are carrying on our community work. In February, 1933, 
Dr. Siramonds was appointed Medical Health Officer end pathologist for our laboratory. 
Dr. Auld had served as health officer gratuitously for a number of months in order 
that the salary of the medical health officer might be used as a nucleus for a labora- 
tory. 

We were convinced that school nursing was the best phase of work with which 



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to begin our health program because it affords entry to so many homes. One probably 
receives a much warmer welcome when calling on a sick person, but bedside nursing 
does not offer as many opportunities of making contacts and then too there is the 
danger that bedside care will gradually encroach on the nurses time until she finds 
herself with very little time left for instructional work. We stressed that point very 
strongly with the public as we commenced our program. 

We have addressed members of the Women's Institute, the I.O.D.E., .and the 
Gyro Club, and have found their cooperation most encouraging. Tho I.O.D.E. has sup- 
plied glasses for a number of children and has raised a milk fund in order to supply 
milk to over a hundred school children four days a week. The Rotarians have donated 
money to the milk fund to supply milk to the same number of children for the remaining 
day each week. Both the Rotary Club and the I.O.D.E. have donated money for cod liver 
oil. With this treatment the weight improvement in many of the children is most 
gratifying. 

The dentists in Nelson are cooperating to the best of their ability. It was 
decided at one of their meetings that they would extract teeth without charge for 
those children recommended by our department. While this does not begin to accomplish 
what we are aiming at it at least removes foci of infection in many cases. 

The Women's Institute is cooperating in finding clothing for children for 
quite often parents explain the absence of children from school on the score of in- 
sufficient clothing. 

There are thirteen service clubs in Nelson and at present we are planning a 
central committee. Each club is to appoint one representative and there will be re- 
presentatives from the school board and the health department. It is hoped that by 
concentrated efforts we will be able to achieve greater results in the way of cor- 
recting defects during the coming year. 

During the summer months we intend to link up prenatal, infant and pre-school 
work. In the fall we plan to commence Home Nursing classes and Home visiting to tuber- 
cular cases. 

Our Utopia in Health irork at present is a "unit" with a full time health 
officer, three or four nurses and a full time dentist, working a large area surrounding 
Nelson. There are times when our goal' seems a very distant one - in fact there are 
times when it almost fades from sight - but we are convinced that by gradually educat- 
ing the people to the full meaning of Public Health work our Utopia will be realized. 

KATHLEEN GORDON, R.N., 
Nelson.